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HAPPY HOUR TONIGHT!
The Seattle Office of Film + Music is proud to present Happy Hour at Moe Bar (925 E. Pike St.) from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, May 28th. Come down, meet new people in our music and film industries and discuss current issues spanning film and music in Seattle. We have received a lot of great feedback regarding new business opportunities that have come from these events, so don't miss out. The Happy Hour schedule for 2008 can be found on the website.
MAYOR'S FILM AWARD GOES TO MICHAEL SEIWERATH
Congratulations to Michael Seiwerath on receiving the 2008 Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film. Michael was presented with the award by the Mayor during SIFF's opening night ceremonies and gave a tremendous thank you speech, giving credit to the Northwest Film Forum staff, all the people who have helped define Seattle's filmmaking voice and challenging us all to continue building on this effort. The Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film is made to award an individual or entity which has raised the profile of the City of Seattle and its film industry through an outstanding film-related achievement, or major contribution to the growth, advancement and reputation of Seattle as a filmmaking city. The five Seattle film industry representatives on the Nomination and Selection Committee reached a unanimous decision on the 2008 nomination.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
MOBY TO JUDGE, PERFORM AT STIFF
STIFF (Seattle's True Independent Film Festival) is proud to partner with MobyGratis, an online, indie film-focused initiative, spearheaded by singer-songwriter Moby. Moby will attend the festival to judge the Weekend Film Challenge as well as perform a concert, co-hosted by USC Events, at Neumo's on Sunday, June 8th. Moby's performance is one of several concerts that will close each night of the festival set for June 6th through June 15th.
BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC PARTNERS WITH EMP|SFM TO AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS TO LOCAL TEENS
Berklee College of Music, the world's leading college of contemporary music, is collaborating with EMP|SFM to identify talented and deserving teens from the music program offered at the museum. Three students from Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum's "Experience: The Band" will spend five weeks in Boston this summer learning how to take their musical talents to new heights. June 5th's "All Access Night" at EMP|SFM will feature The Band performing at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
TWO NEW WMM ACQUISITIONS SCREEN AT THE 2008 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Women Make Movies is pleased to announce their recent acquisition of Barbara Caspar's "Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker?" and Alina Marazzi's "We Want Roses Too" ("Vogliamo Anche le Rose"), currently screening at the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Women Make Movies is the world's leading distributor of independent films by and about women.
PIANIST JOE BAQUE AT A CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR JACK PERCIFUL IN OLYMPIA
Selections from a tribute to the late Olympia pianist Jack Perciful played by BeBop Revisited, Joe Baque, Pete Christlieb & Bill Ramsay will be featured on this week's "Jazz Northwest," Sunday June 1 at 1 PM on 88.5 KPLU. Also, songs by Roberta Gambarini and Hank Jones not heard on the earlier broadcast of their performance at Jazz Alley will
air on this week's show.
NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS ANNOUNCE NEW PROJECTS AT EVENT DURING SIFF
Northwest filmmakers Matt Wilkins and David Miller have joined forces and will host a party during Seattle International Film Festival to announce their upcoming projects and raise production funding. The filmmakers will screen prior work and show previews of their upcoming projects (Wilkins' "Yonder" and Miller's "Love in the Year 2000"). The party will occur on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Both projects are sponsored by Northwest Film Forum, and will be shot in the Pacific Northwest with local talent and crew.
ONSCREEN MAGAZINE RELEASE PARTY TONIGHT
911 Media will host their OnScreen Magazine release party tonight at Pravda Studios on Capitol Hill. The party will feature a DJ, a live funk band, food, drink, and much more.
KCTS NOW ACCEPTING LOCAL FILMS
Submissions are now being accepted for About Us, KCTS 9's local and independent documentary film series. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2008. Ideal submissions will be as close to 25 minutes or 55 minutes as possible, but films of all lengths will be considered.
A TOUCH OF THE ORIENT AS "EAST MEETS WEST"
Chinese Arts and Music Association will be presenting its 23rd annual music celebration along with a wide panoply of cultural gems from a 9,000 years-old Chinese tradition titled "A Touch of the Orient - East Meets West." The foremost visual artistry of Budong Zhao will be exhibited in the lobby of Meany Hall at 1:00 p.m., complemented with the ancient musical sound of the Orient.
NEW SEATTLE-BASED WEB SHOW: BOOK CLUB
Shot in Seattle featuring actresses with extensive film and theatre experience, "Book Club" is a 17 minute TV to Web pilot for women over 30. A comedic drama, "Book Club" discusses a real book (slightly) before becoming involved with the lives of its five protagonists.
LOCAL SHORT "CRACK IN THE SIDEWALK" CHOSEN FOR IMDB THEATER
Kris Kristensen's documentary short film "Crack in the Sidewalk" has been invited by the Internet Movie Database to participate in their new IMDb Theaters program, making the entire film available online. The film explores how strangers can feel intimate with someone they've never met through their art. When Bryan Harvey, frontman for 80's rock-duo House of Freaks, was slain with his family it made sensational headlines, but to his fans it felt as if part of themselves was gone. Winner of the HD-FEST best documentary short.
OUR TOP TEN RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SIFF
1. Anvil: The Story of Anvil!
3. Eat For This is My Body
4. Encounters at the End of the World
5. Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone
6. Fly Filmmaking Challenge 2008
7. Mr. Big
8. On the Wings of Dreams
9. Still Orangutans
10. You, The Living
TOP 10 NW MUSIC FOR THE WEEK OF 5/19 - 5/25
Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Ballard and Capitol Hill) and Easy Street (West Seattle and Queen Anne).
- Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
- Mudhoney - Lucky Ones
- Common Market - Black Patch EP
- Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant
- Sera Cahoone - Only as the Day is Long
- Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
- Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild
- KPLU School of Jazz - Volume 3
- Bill Frisell - History, Mystery
- Pearl Jam - Live at Easy Street
SUB POP ANNIVERSARY SHOW SUPPORTS CHARITIES
Seattle music fans who head out to celebrate Sub Pop Records' 20th anniversary won't just be getting a couple nights worth of killer music: They'll be helping several good causes. The label revealed that every band on its 20th Anniversary concerts, held July 12 and 13 at Seattle's Marymoor Park, has agreed to play the set for free. Funds raised by the shindig will be divided into an equal share for each band, then apportioned to a charity picked by each band on the bill. Click the link above for a list of some of the bands and their charities.
SAMI KUBO | FROM SHY PAINTER TO THE SUNDANCE KID
Sami Kubo has just turned 18 and is feeling quite festive. That's because she has already taken a movie to the Sundance Film Festival, where she was one of the few students across the country to have a film featured. Then that film, "Disorder," played in Seattle in March at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. And now "Disorder" gets its third festival screening at the Seattle International Film Festival's first FutureWave on June 7, a program of new works by tomorrow's filmmakers today. After that, Kubo will have to pencil in time to graduate from Ballard High. Then another of her films, "Fish," was selected for the Los Angeles Film Festival. After that? She's off to see the world and study filmmaking.
THE BUSINESS OF BOOMING
Musician Ben Verellen knows a thing or two about milking a good sound from an amp. With all his hours on the road, in the practice space, and behind the mixing console, it's no wonder Verellen is obsessed with fine-tuning his sounds. Recently, he's taken his obsession one step further: Instead of looking for the perfect amp, he decided to learn how to build the things himself. He teamed up with friends and carpentry experts Michael Washburn and Mike Erdman and converted a recently vacated room in his basement into a miniature amplifier factory. They've also converted Verellen's chassis full of electrical components into a classic-looking amplifier, rustic yet sturdy, enclosed in stained wood and branded with the Verellen logo.
SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA GETS PEOPLE DANCING AT NEW BELLEVUE JAZZ FEST
Things looked dicey Saturday evening for the Bellevue Downtown Association's ambitious revival of the Bellevue Jazz Festival. But at the eleventh hour, a wildly enthusiastic salsa dance crowd suddenly materialized for the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the second-night main-stage show, in the downstairs hall of the Meydenbauer Center. Couples dressed to the nines packed a temporary dance floor at the center of the room, stepping stately through cha-chas, mambos and danzones, or slow-dancing to a romantic bolero. About 500 fans showed up for the SHO, 700 for Friday's concert by Branford Marsalis.
AN INSIDER'S VIEW OF 'BATTLE IN SEATTLE'
Assistant police chief Jim Pugel gives his take on Stuart Townsend's "Battle in Seattle," and its depiction of the events that transpired during the 1999 WTO protests. The film screened last Thursday as part of the opening ceremonies of SIFF.
SIFF NEWS: DEIRDRE TIMMONS' A WINK AND A SMILE
Seattle director Deirdre Timmons followed 10 women enrolled in Seattle's Academy of Burlesque for her debut documentary "A Wink and a Smile." Erika Hobart interviews Timmons about the film and Seattle's burgeoning burlesque scene.
ROOTS ROOSTS: NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE
Kim Ruehl of Seattle Sound Magazine recounts the many performances and activities of last weekend's Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. This year's cultural theme was "Urban Indians."
SIFF NEWS: LINAS PHILLIPS' GREAT SPEECHES FROM A DYING WORLD
The second documentary by local director Linas Phillips to reach SIFF, "Great Speeches From a Dying World" doesn't have statistics. It doesn't have experts, hand-wringing, or pundits. But Phillips says his subjects, our city's homeless, should speak for themselves.
THE AVCLUB AT SASQUATCH
The Onion AVClub's Sean O'Neal made the trip up to the Pacific Northwest for a thorough three day review of the festivities at 2008's Sasquatch Music Festival.
ON DAWN STILL CONTAINING MULTITUDES
Seattle-based jazz pianist and singer Dawn Clement's back with a new album, "Break." Seattle Sound's Andrew Hamlin hopes she doesn't wait another five years between albums.
"WALK DON'T RUN" DETAILS 50-YEAR HISTORY OF THE VENTURES
A new book, "Walk Don't Run: The Story of the Ventures," covers in intimate detail the 50-year history of the best-selling instrumental-rock band. The book, available online, was written by longtime fan Del Halterman, with help from founding members Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, as well as Wilson's late mother, Josie Wilson, who produced the band's first single, "Walk Don't Run," in 1960 and released it on her own Seattle-based label, Blue Horizon. The Ventures, founded in the Northwest in the late '50s, recently were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
TRACKLIST OF STARBUCKS' SONIC YOUTH CD REVEALED
It's been almost a year in the making, but Starbucks' exclusive Sonic Youth collection, "Hits Are For Squares," is on its way. Due June 10 in Starbucks locations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., the CD will feature one new SY song, "Slow Revolution," as well as the following tracks-each of which were chosen (and will be written about) by a different celebrity.
BORDERS ENDS AMAZON E-COMMERCE DEAL
Book retailer Borders on Tuesday launched its own e-commerce website, stepping away from a seven-year partnership with Amazon. Borders Group Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich., first teamed up with Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. for e-commerce in 2001. Amazon supplied the inventory, shipping and customer service for online orders placed via the Borders website.